Following the latest government announcement, the capacity for our Milldam House venue is 45 guests. This includes all children, bridesmaids, best person etc, but does not include the couple or one photographer.
We continue to encourage the wearing of face coverings. However, as this is not enforceable, you will need to decide on what is safest for you and your guests.
There will still be some PPE present in the ceremony room, such as hand sanitiser and a safety screen, and the registrars will be wearing clear face shields.
The Register Office building is open strictly by appointment only, so access will only be available to your guests 10 minutes before your ceremony time.
We are continuing to prioritise ceremonies booked to take place within the next two to three months. If your ceremony is taking place later than this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org rather than call the office.
Civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations are a legal alternative to church ceremonies.
Portsmouth register office is responsible for the legal aspect of all marriages and civil partnerships in Portsmouth. It’s also a licensed venue for the ceremonies themselves.
Check a list of approved wedding and civil ceremony venues in Portsmouth.
You can contact us if you have any questions, if you would like to view our ceremony rooms or to make a provisional booking.
You can email us or call 023 9282 9041 .
You can also write to, or visit us at:
Our opening hours are:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
For emergencies outside normal office hours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays – please phone 023 9282 2251.
This includes help arranging a marriage involving someone who is terminally ill.
Please note: we can only assist with events taking place within the City of Portsmouth (PO1-PO6).
For events taking place elsewhere please contact the Register Office for that district.